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Premier Sports and BBC acquire Rugby League World Cup rights

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC and pay-television broadcaster Premier Sports have acquired domestic rights for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup tournament.

Premier Sports said that it would provide live coverage of every game with exclusive coverage of five New Zealand and Australian group games, three quarter-finals and one semi-final.

The BBC’s deal covers the next two editions of the Rugby League World Cup in 2013 and 2017 and the 2014 and 2016 Four Nations tournaments, which feature England, Australia, New Zealand plus another national team.

For this year’s competition, which will be hosted by England and Wales, the BBC will provide live coverage of all England’s group games, plus a quarter-final, a semi-final and the final.

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will run from October 26 to November 30.